If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.
Microsoft is betting big on multiscreen devices in with its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. One of the first devices to support the tech the Surface Neo, a tablet with dual 9″ screens, and the ability to convert into a small notebook computer with a keyboard and small secondary information display. Available late 2020.
A group of interns working at Microsoft wanted to say thanks to the company that gave them a home for the summer and something good for their resumes. But what do you give the company that’s got everything – and on an intern’s budget? You put on a Broadway show, that’s what!
No, you’re not looking at actual 4K aerial footage here – this is in-engine imagery from the next-generation version of Microsoft’s famed Flight Simulator. The game uses satellite data, along with Azure AI tech to power its incredibly realistic flying. Coming to Xbox in 2020.
Microsoft turned up at E3 2019 not with an actual new console, but with a description of what they’re working on. The next-gen system will support up to 8K resolution, 120fps, real-time ray tracing, packs a custom SSD to reduce load times, and will play thousands of titles from prior-gen Xboxes. Drops late 2020.
While Excel is a great tool for calculations, it’s also a wonder at crunching data and analyzing it. Learn to get the most out of the spreadsheet with this online training covering data manipulation, analytics, and visualization. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is an upcoming video game streaming service that will allow people to play Xbox One games on their PC, tablets or phones. It will work with the Xbox One controller and supports streaming via 4G connections. Public tests will begin in 2019.
Microsoft improves its premium all-in-one PC. It’s faster, and the Surface Studio 2’s 28″, 4500 x 3000 resolution touchscreen display is now brighter and has more contrast. Its storage maxes out with a 2TB SSD, while its GPU can be either a GTX 1060 or a GTX 1070.
Xbox and Make-A-Wish’s Consoles for Kids charity auction lets you bid for one-of-a-kind autographed and custom painted Xbox One X consoles, each one signed by a celebrity or game developers. All of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. The auction runs until 10/3/18.
Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.
Quick Look is one of the most useful features on Macs, letting you preview a file’s content just by pressing the spacebar while you’re on a Finder window. Paddy Xu’s QuickLook imports the exact same feature to Windows 10. It works with both documents and media files.
The Surface Hub 2 was designed to help teams collaborate and communicate. It’s a PC with a 4K 50.5″ touchscreen display that can be used in landscape or portrait. Up to four Hub 2s can be connected to each other, and multiple Windows users can log in to access their files.
Microsoft Research shows off a tabletop mat that uses capacitive sensors and near-field communication (NFC) to detect the shape and position of objects, as well as touch, and gestures above its surface. It could be used for interactive games and other tangible interfaces.
Business Casual simplifies one of the most infamous tales in Silicon Valley. In the early ’70s, Xerox came up with a user-friendly way to interact with computers. But now Apple and Microsoft are the kings of PCs. Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates really steal their idea?
Costing just as much as the standard Xbox One X, the console’s limited Project Scorpio Edition has a graphic pattern on the exterior and “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and the included controller. It also comes with an exclusive vertical stand.
What could have been the Surface Pro 5 does away with the numbers. The new model has a more versatile hinge, up to 2.5x faster CPU, quieter cooling, and up to 13.5 hours of battery life. It’s compatible with the Surface Dial and the new Surface Pen is much more capable.
The successor to Windows Movie Maker. Story Remix analyzes the location, subject and more about your photos and videos so you can create a short film with just a few clicks. It also has lots of easily customizable audio and visual effects. Coming to Windows 10 this fall.
A $10/mo. video game subscription service for Xbox One. Unlike PlayStation Now and other similar services, Xbox Game Pass will let you download games so you can play offline. If you want to own a game that’s in its catalog, you can buy it at 20% off. Launches Spring 2017.
Microsoft’s HoloLens tech is one of the most promising augmented reality systems we’ve seen. KennyWdev shows off a version of Portal that’s been modded to work with the goggles in the real world. It’s not perfect, but it’s a cool glimpse at the shape of things to come.
The most powerful version of Microsoft’s hybrid portable computer packs a more powerful Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX GeForce 965M GPU, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and a battery that lasts up to 16h. It also works with the new Surface Dial control peripheral.
Microsoft’s new all-in-one PC has a 28″ 4500×3000 touchscreen that can be angled nearly flat, and a precision stylus, turning it into a digital drafting table. The $100 Surface Dial (free for the first pre-orders) adds an intuitive way to scroll, zoom and access shortcuts.